Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring 2014 Photo Schedule

This is the photo schedule for the Spring season. It's important that all players be on time for the team photo. Even if you don't plan to buy photos, please attend the photo session for your team. You can print out the order form in advance - click the PDF icon to the right.





Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Soccer Festival at Young Harris College

Young Harris College is sponsoring a Spring soccer festival on their campus on April 19th. This is the bye week for MCSC teams - so this would make a great day of fun for your players.


Strike a Wish Spring Soccer Festival

Come join us on April 19th from 10am-12noon for our Spring Soccer Festival!
This event will give you the chance to get technical skill instruction from Young Harris College Coaches and players! You will also participate in small sided scrimmages that will allow you to apply your skill instruction.


Date: April 19th
Time: 10am-12noon
Ages: 9-12
Location: Young Harris College Soccer Field
Cost: $10 (All proceeds go to Make-A-Wish)
(Please make checks payable to Young Harris College Athletics)
We’re looking forward to seeing the future of US Soccer in action!

Contacts: 
In NC: Roddy Alt - roddyalt@gmail.com
In GA: Mark McKeever – Men’s Soccer Head Coach - mmckeever@yhc.edu
Dean Grey – Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach – dcgrey@yhc.edu



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring 2014 schedules are ready

All Recreation League schedules are ready and posted online.

You'll notice that some of the teams have names and some don't - coaches be sure to get your team name in before the start of games. If you need help with team names and colors, check the Recreation League Teams link.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

U5 schedules are now online

The U5 team schedules are ready and posted online. With an odd number of teams, U5 will kick of the season with a game on Saturday AND Sunday, April 5th and 6th. Please note the week when your team has a 'bye'... there will be no game on that day.

The rest of the schedules will be published over the weekend.

Monday, March 10, 2014

U5, U6, U8 Coach orientation and training on Saturday

On Saturday, March 15th, we will hold the coaches' orientation and training for U5, U6, and U8 coaches at the Industrial Park fields. We will take the morning to discuss practical matters about coaching, then break into groups for training. If you're a returning coach, you may skip the training sessions, but we encourage you to stay and share your expertise with the new coaches! Note: Non-coaching parents are NOT required to attend, but you are invited to learn about training and coaching issues.

U8 coaches: please bring your player, if possible, to participate in the live game demos. We will run through a mini-game with your players on the U5/6 fields to demonstrate game rules, then move to the U8 field to explain the differences in the game for the older age group. Make sure your player has shin guards and water.

The training will cover several aspects.
  • The capabilities and needs of your age group
  • The fundamentals that ALL ages should begin with
  • Age-appropriate drills and games
  • Live game demo, demonstrating game rules 

Here is the schedule of events for Saturday:
8:30 am - COACH Check-in
9:00 am - Orientation and Q&A
9:30 am - Split into groups for training on drills and games
10:10 am - Live game demo U5/U6
10:30 am - Live game demo U8

11:00 am - finished.

Please be on time for the check-in so we can move along through the agenda.
We will stay extra time as needed to answer any questions you may have.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Why we play small-sided games

Modified play in youth sports aims to boost participation, health benefits

When Chris Crouch enrolled his son in youth soccer four years ago, he understood – if only at the surface – that he wasn't going to be watching a full 11-on-11 game.

Two years after that, when young Christopher started playing basketball with Halo Sports, his father noticed it wasn't 5-on-5 full-court game, either.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Next Saturday: Coaches Orientation, Draft day for U10 and U13 players


On Saturday, March 8th, we will hold the draft day for U10 and U13 players (except Highlands teams). If you have a player in U10 or U13, it is very important that they attend the draft event in order to balance the level of teams within the age group. Those players not in attendance will be randomly selected to be on a team.

All coaches for U10 and U13 teams must be at the field at 8:30am to receive equipment and initial orientation.
Here is the schedule of events for Saturday:
8:15 - 8:30 am - COACH Check-in and orientation
9:00 am - U10 Player Check-in
9:15 am - U10 Player Evaluations Begin
9:30 am - U13 Player Check-in
9:45 am - U10 Player Evaluations End
9:50 am - U13 Player Evaluations Begin

10:15 am - U10 Draft (Coaches only)
10:20 am - U13 Player Evaluations End
10:50 am - U13 Draft (Coaches only)


Proper soccer equipment is suggested (shin-guards, cleats or good turf shoes). Please make sure you arrive in a timely manner. If you have any questions, use the contact form, and we will reply promptly.

Startup schedule for all Spring Soccer teams

Greetings, coaches and parents of registered players for Spring soccer! This post describes the schedule for our first practices and games - we are starting up over the next two weeks, based on age division.

U10 and U13 players and coaches will attend draft day this Saturday, March 8th, and those players will begin practice the following week, starting on March 10th. After the draft, coaches will call all parents (by Sunday evening) to share practice times for the following week. The schedule for Saturday's draft day will be posted separately online and by email.

U5, U6, and U8 coaches will attend orientation on Saturday, March 15th. The players in those age divisions will begin practice the following week, starting on March 17th. Coaches will call all parents by Sunday evening to share practice times for the following week.

If you are the parent of a player in U10 or U13, and you are not contacted by your coach by Sunday evening, March 9th, contact the coaching coordinator.

If you are the parent of a player in U5, U6, or U8, and you are not contacted by your coach by Sunday evening, March 16th, contact the coaching coordinator.


The first games of the season will be on Saturday, April 5th.

To contact the coaching coordinator, email mcncsoccer@gmail.com, or leave a message on the contact page of this website.

Volunteer Coaches Needed!

Soccer is just around the corner and we need your help!

We have had more registrations this season than we have seen in the past few years! Because of the large number of players, your child's team may be in need of a coach for the upcoming Spring 2014 Season. Practices are slated to start the week of March 10th, and unfortunately we have been unable to obtain enough volunteer coaches at this time.

Perhaps you have considered coaching but are not 100% sure of how to go about it. Maybe you know somebody that is willing to volunteer their time. We're here to help! Please contact our coaching coordinator by sending a message on the Contact Page on this website.

You do not have to have a soccer background, just a willingness to work with youth and learn about the sport. We will help you with some initial coach training and can supply you with some great resources.

All first time coach volunteers will need to fill out a risk management form online @ https://www.youthleaguesusa.com/ncysa/2013/RiskManagement.html
Please contact us ASAP if you are willing to help coach your child's team this season.